M*A*S*H (1977) – Fallen Idol, Last Laugh, and War of Nerves

Alan Alda writes and directs a pair of episodes this week, with the first being Fallen Idol. Having an original airdate of 27 September, 1977, the story focuses on the friendship between Radar (Gary Burghoff) and Hawkeye (Alda). And although it’s been hinted at that Radar has in fact had some intimate moments with nurses…

The Devil’s Rain (1975) – Robert Fuest

Sometimes bad is bad, and the next film in DK Canada’s hugely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies, is really bad. In fact despite the star power of the film, the only real reason it should be celebrated is for the fact that it led to a series of William Shatner face masks, one of which…

Star Trek: Voyager (2001) – Endgame

Captain’s log: stardate 54973.4 The final episode of Voyager, Endgame, is a feature length story that was written by Kenneth Biller and Robert Doherty from a story that Biller developed with Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. The final mission of the starship U.S.S. Voyager aired on 23 May, 2001 and was determined to wrap everything…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Unimatrix Zero: Part II, and Imperfection

Captain’s log: stardate 54014.4 The seventh and final season of Star Trek: Voyager got underway on 4 October, 2000 when the conclusion of the cliffhanger ending from the previous season resolved in a script by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky that they cooked up with Mike Sussman. It seems Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Tuvok (Tim Russ)…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Live Fast and Prosper, and Muse

Captain’s log: stardate 53849.2 Identity theft still exists in the 24th century as we learn in this episode directed by LeVar Burton and written by Robin Burger. First airing on 19 April, 2000, the story follows a trio of thieves Dala (Kaitlin Hopkins), Mobar (Gregg Daniel) and Zar (Francis Guinan),who are impersonating Janeway (Kate Mulgrew),…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Coda, and Blood Fever

Captain’s log: stardate 50518.6 Jeri Taylor pens this episode that first hit screens on 29 January, 1997. Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) are on a relaxing away mission, when something goes wrong, and the captain is killed. Janeway is guided into the afterlife by her father (Len Cariou), and the Starfleet captain is…

Carrie (1974) – Stephen King

Stephen King’s first novel is on the book shelf this week. It has literally been decades since I read this one. In fact, I remember exactly where I was when I was reading the climax of the story. It stayed with me. So I was happy to revisit it, and see how much I enjoyed…

Boy’s Life (1991) – Robert McCammon

I remember reading this book in paperback when it first came out. It was summer, and I was in Toronto working to save (a little) money for my post secondary education. I was delighted in the nostalgia in it, and recalled being moved by the tale within its pages. When I came across it in…